Toyota unveils the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz based ‘Belta’ sedan in the middle east market. Initially, the Belta will be made available in Egypt which will then follow to the neighbouring countries. The brand will continue using the same nameplate, ‘Belta’ for all markets.
The Belta will replace the Yaris in India and a few other Asian markets. The sedan will follow the same development route as the Glanza and Rumion. The Belta will be exported to overseas markets from India.
The Toyota Belta
As we are aware, the Belta is originally a reworked Ciaz which Toyota seems to retain most of it. The unveiled Belta looks exactly the same on the outside and inside as the Ciaz except for Toyota’s badging. It has the same grille, headlights, alloy wheels and rear profile. However, we expect Toyota to rework the grille and a few other design details for India, similar to the Urban Cruiser which received a new nose.
Toyota has retained the dashboard layout with the same 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Other features include a multi-function steering wheel, climate control, rear AC vents, analogue dials with a small TFT multi-info display, keyless entry and more.
Toyota Belta Powertrain
Mechanically, the Belta gets no improvements. The sedan comes equipped with the same 1.5-L 4-cylinder petrol motor in the Ciaz making 103bhp and 138Nm of torque. The secondary lead-acid battery in the sedan provides smart mild-hybrid (SHVS) support. The Indian market will get either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter gearbox option. Some markets only get the 4-speed torque convert.
Toyota is yet to set an official date for the Belta’s launch. But we expect the sedan to hit the market in the first half of 2022. Following this will be the Rumion MPV launch in India. The Rumion is based on Maruti’s Ertiga MPV which has set foot in the South African market. Toyota trademarking the name in India is a sign of the Rumion coming to our market.
Along with this, both Maruti and Toyota are reportedly working on a Mid-Size SUV. The SUV will be built from scratch and will compete with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, and Tata Harrier. It’s safe to say that the SUV will be launched in the second half of 2022 if the reports are true.